Nevada – Viva Las Vegas

Having recently finished a LOT of hard work, a trip with photographer friends to Utah was to be my reward. But best laid plans and all that, caused me to plan something else. B & C Camera in Las Vegas offered a lecture and the next day, a photo walk in Las Vegas, so I took advantage and drove there. The lecture was great and the next day, I drove a mere 20 minutes west of the city to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The park covers 195,000 acres of hiking, biking, climbing and horseback riding trails.

Selfie in Red Rock Canyon

The park has a 13 mile scenic drive with many trailheads and scenic views. In the short time I had before my photo walk that evening, I took quick advantage of the beauty to snap a few photos. The photo above doesn’t tell how far away the rocks above my shadow are – probably a soccer field away. As is sometimes the case when I’m in a hurry, I left my tripod in the car and walked down into the first canyon using my trusty hiking poles. As I walked further up the wash, I snapped the photo before I noticed that I had captured two climbers scaling the cliff.

Climbers on Cliff

Beehive Shaped Rocks

The rocks above remind me of beehives or piles of strawberry sweetened whipped cream! The sun was rapidly sinking in the west, giving not enough time to savor this lovely park.

Two-tone rocks

One lonely tree

The tree on top of the cliff (roughly 300′ above me) shows how tenacious desert plants can be. There were no other trees up there, just this one. This part of the Mojave Desert gets quite hot during the summer – too hot to allow campers to stay there.

Three-tones of desert.

The Joshua Trees are mostly stumps due to drought, not too many are actually trees. The purple mountains in the background are examples of eroded sandstone, but not as vividly colored as the rocks in the foreground.

View to the west

The scenic drive winds all the way to the distant mountains, then turns back toward the city. Whenever I’m in a wilderness, I’m always saddened by the need to return to civilization!

Little cars

These fun little cars are just one of the ways to tour the park. I also saw bicyclists, runners, helicopters and of course, cars.

Tortoises

The visitor center at the BLM managed (Bureau of Land Management) park was beautiful. Since I was hurrying through, I didn’t realize until getting to the center that there are dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs in the park. Definately have to go back and spend more time. Also, love getting to use my national park pass for free entry.

Time for returning to the city. About 25 photographers joined FujiFilm representatives for the downtown photo walk. FujiFilm allowed us to use one of their line of cameras if we wanted to, so I did take advantage of trying a lighter camera for use on my many hikes into the high country. I did fall in love with one, but didn’t buy it (yet). 😉

Lots of lots of neon lights.
Lots of lots of neon lights.

Martini

Griffin

Horse and Cowboy

I had to stand on the median in the middle of the street for this one. The other photographer with me was also snapping. Thankfully the median was big enough for both of us.

This grasshopper which spit flames out his antenna was perched in front of a collection Container Stores (stores made from shipping containers-see photo below).
This grasshopper which spit flames out his antenna was perched in front of a collection of Container Stores (stores made from shipping containers-see photo below).

Container Stores

Not sure if this guy was saying 'How' or not wanting a photo. Oh well, it's a good place to practice photos of people.
Not sure if this guy was saying ‘How’ or not wanting a photo. Oh well, it’s a good place to practice photos of people. (Note the look from girl behind him.)
Striking a pose for their photographer. Two other photographer buddies voyeurs (beside myself) captured the wedding party.
Striking a pose for their photographer. Two other photographer voyeurs (beside myself) captured the wedding party.
Dakota striking a pose.
Dakota striking a pose.
These were three of the photographers talking to Dakota about a possible photo shoot!?!
These were three of the photographers talking to Dakota about a possible photo shoot (and her dimple)!?!

This is a quick taste of the sites on Freemont Street in Las Vegas, of course there is much, much more to snap another time.

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